Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster
Thank you very much Uncle and El Argentino.
BTW, Argentino your last couple of pics of your JCrew Ravello LWB and your nat chrxl LWB are absolutely phenomenal! What kind of camera do you use? My i-phone pics aren't that flattering even after a thorough Mac-method session. Congrats on two excellent additions!
Thank you RTP - they're actually Cigar LWB that I've had for a year now; although I know you'd never be able to tell with how light the vamp is becoming. Almost all of the olive tones have disappeared. I was debating the JCrew waxedCXL and the Epaulet makeup and thought the lighter natCXL would give me a more casual shoe, but that pair in your photo are pure "sharp."
I use a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR for my "nicer" photos - although I am a frequent Iphone user as well
Originally Posted by Dr. D
To me cigar shell looks like aged #8. I'm talking about 20+ year-old color 8 shell. Check this out:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The pair on the left are color 8 Florsheims from the early 80s and the one on the right are Alden's cigar LWB. Keep in mind as the shoes age they will lighten and change hue so I think it is entirely appropriate to keep both colors if they fit your wardrobe. Especially since cigar LWB have a light edge trim, which makes it look like a very different shoe to my eye.
With that being said cigar LWB are carried on a regular basis by multiple vendors (Shoemart, Alden SF/DC/NYC) so they shouldn't be too tough to find in the future with a little patience. If whiskey LWB fit your wardrobe better, I'd wait for those since you already have some brown LWB. It also depends on your trouser wardrobe - if you wear suits every day then whiskey LWB are probably a much lower priority and you should instead consider something like the whiskey bals from Alden NYC.
This photo is great. I love seeing aged shell - my older pair of #8 shortwings have gone distinctly brown - almost like a milk chocolate color with only hints of eggplant running through them now. Like I mentioned above, my Cigar pair is slowly getting lighter, almost carmel-colored, but more buttery than red. The evolution of these shoes is amazing to me.
Originally Posted by docalden2013
This looks amazing. Btw, never mind about my earlier request to see pics of the cigar lwb with nuance. I can see the slightly olive, caramel hues in this wonderful pic. Thank you for sharing it. You, sir, are not helping my descent to the land of the rock bottom. I aspire to grow the lwb collection to the depths you've reached. That said, the part of me still anchored in reality wants to ask if the JCrew "waxed" CXL could ever pass for "ravello-esque" or is seeing the ravello in vivo where the believing takes place?
One more question, and I will apologize in advance for being a noob, how much wear are your black shell LWBs getting? (I recently plunked down for the Leffot naval boot and am worried I won't wear it enough.) Do the black shell LWBs get worn much with jeans?
Nothing wrong with going down the LWB rabbit hole
I personally think you'll get a lot of wear out of the naval boot. Clean enough to be dressy, but also very casual w/ the pull tabs and other accessories. I personally think the LWB works best with the various brown tones, but think the clean surface of the naval boot will be a great changeup for you.